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Poe Family of Maryland
including Poe of German Origin
by John McAnally
"History of the Poe
Brothers" from Kittochtinny Magazine, 1895-1905, Carnegie Library, Pittsburgh, PA
by George Seilhammer
NOTE: I have
the full text which someone typed from the magazine. I can send by scan upon
request. I have never seen the original article. I have no idea how the author
knew of the this family, but the statements made in the article do reconcile
with the historical records I have seen.
Poe died in Frederick County, Maryland in 1766 emigrated from Germany before 1746 and settled on the Antietam
in Frederick now Washington County, MD.
He owned a plantation on the west side of the creek in what is now the Leitersburg district before 1748-49. He obtained an order
for the survey of the adjoining tract of 100 acres, Feb. 10, 1748 which was
named "Well Taught" in 1752 the patent for which dated Mar. 14, 1754
embraced 1300 acres, and included the site of Leitersburg.
Most of the survey was on the east side of the Antietam.
He sold all of his land except 362 acres in 1755. Mr. Poe obtained another
warrant for a survey of other lands on the east side of the Antietam
in 1761 but the next year he sold the site of Leitersburg
and assigned his interest in the resurvey of "Well Taught" to Jacob Leiter. Later he purchased land on Fishing Creek, Frederick
Co. Md. He
was murdered by one of his teamsters on the road to Baltimore. The name of his children, George,
Andrew, Kate and Adam Poe. Kate went west with her brother Adam.
George Poe (born in Germany about 1737), son of George Jacob Poe was
brought to Maryland by his parents and after
the death of his father he inherited the Poe homestead near Jefferson
in Frederick Co. In the Revolution he remained loyal to the Crown. The name of
his wife was ____ Willard. They had the following children: George--Andrew Poe
(born in Frederick Co, Md. Sept 30 1742 died in Greene Twp., Beaver Co., PA
July 15, 1823 son of George Jacob Poe
went to Pittsburgh Pa. soon after attaining his majority, working in the
neighborhood until he acquired a little property, where he settled on Harmona Creek in which is now Washington County later
claimed by Virginia. He was later joined by his brother Adam Poe. Both took up
land and made improvements. The Poe farms were about 12 miles from the Ohio River.
(long story about a fight
with Wyandot Indians where Andrew Poe was wounded "The Tomahawk with which
Poe was wounded .... is still in the possession of one of his
Here is a link to a
transcription of one account of this story from Historical
Collections of Ohio published
Poe's later life was spent
in Greene Twp., Beaver County,
Pa. He is known among his
descendants as Captain Andrew Poe. He married January 15, 1780 Elizabeth Rutan, born in Essex Co. NJ October 25, 1758 died in Greene
Twp, Beaver Co. had the following children: Catherine Poe Harris, Sarah (Sally)
Poe, Rachel, Mary (Polly) Poe married Wisman, Niswanger, Elizabeth (Betsy) Married Cross, Adam Poe,
George Poe, Esther Poe married Hartle, Susan Poe
married McKinley and Ruth Poe married Dalby.
Adam Poe was born at sea in
1745, died in Stark Co., Ohio,
October 23, 1838, died in Stark Co. Ohio, October 23, 1838. Son of George Poe
was reared on the Poe Plantation at the side of Leitersburg Md and with his sister Kate he
followed his brother Andrew to Washington Co.
. . . After the Revolution he settle in Wayne Twp. Columbiana Co., Ohio and in 1812 removed to Stark County.
Poe married Elizabeth Cochran, born in Ireland
February 1756, died February 27, 1844 - widow Cochran was killed by the Indians
on the Ohio river opposite the present town of east Liverpool. They had 3 sons. Thomas Poe,
David Poe and Andrew Poe.
George Poe born near
Jefferson Frederick Co., MD October 7, 1791, died near Leitersburg,
Md February 11, 1869, son of George & ___ Willard
Poe was left an orphan early in life and was reared in the family of H. B.
Heckman on the Antietam Creek near Leitersburg, Md.
He was a blacksmith and became partner of Andrew Leiter
in the Blacksmithing business. Later in life he was a farmer. He was a Whig and
a Republican, county commissioner of Washington Co, Md. In religion he was a German Baptist. Mr.
Poe married May 7, 1818 to Catherine Zeigler, born Aug. 5, 1797, died Jan. 11,
1861, daughter of George & Barbara Beck Zeigler. Their children were: James
R. Poe, Oliver Poe, Mark Poe, David Poe, Barbara Poe married John Lambert ,
Mary Poe marred P. K. Harter, Elizabeth Poe married Ephrain
Harter, Sophia, Martha, Helen married John Bell, Isaiah Poe.
Name: Adam Poe
Area: 1852, Ohio R.
Boat(s): 1845-46 Part owner of 1st FINANCIER
1848 or so, part owner of CINDERELLA;
1850 Part owner of 2nd FINANCIER
1852, part owner of ROYAL ARCH 1854, part owner, of ELLA
1857, part owner of BELFAST
1857-61, with his 3 brothers, part owner of NEPTUNE
1875, part owner BIG FOOT
Adam Poe, born Green twp
Beaver Co, April 4, 1791, died January 5, 1859. Son of Capt. Andrew Poe and
Elizabeth Rutan Poe. Moved to Ravenna, Ohio,
1827 until death. He was popularly known as Deacon Adam Poe. Married Jan. 27,
1825 to Elizabeth Laughlin, born January 29, 1803, died August 21, 1876 at Ravenna, Ohio,
daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Simpson) Laughlin of Beaver Co. They had
children: Thomas Laughlin born December 25, 1825, died October 23, 1853. He
married Jan. 15, 1852 to Charlotte Wilcox, born September 15, 1833 of Toledo, Oho. Children
being Andrew, George, Simpson, Rutan, William,
Laughlin, Alvin, Nash, Eliza, Ann born October 16, 1837, died April 19, 1856,
Charles Edgar. Andrew Poe born November 12, 1780 in Washington Co, died August
12, 1851 in Stark Co, son of Adam and Elizabeth Poe, went with his parents to
Col. Co. about 1812 or 13 removed to Stark County, Pa married Mary Hoy, born in
Y9ork Co. Pa daughter of Charles Hoy, they had children: Sarah, born July 12,
1804 married John Montgomery, Adam, Elizabeth born Mar. 20, 1806 married John
Carver of Columbiana Co. and removed to s. West. They had issue: Charles,
Daniel, George, and Andrew born Oct. 24, 1811 married Mary Sweeney of Stark County, Ohio,
children died in infancy. Barbara Lambert their children: George, born February
19, 1847 was a teacher in early life and has been engaged in Grocery trade in Hagerstown, Md for many years. He married
first in 1871, Ida Newcomer, died 1877, daughter of Simon Newcomer, their
children: Blanche, Mary, David O. Poe. He married 2nd. time 1881, Mary Shock
daughter of Fred & Margaret (Cross) Shock their children: Carrie, George
P., Sophia married 1870 to Alex W. M. Wolfinger born
June 8, 1844 son of Daniel G. and Susanna Alexander Wolfinger
was a teacher for many years, they had James S. dec'd
John L Albert, Eleanor born Oct. 11, 1813 married Nathan Lash of Stark Co.,
Ohio, had the following children: John born June 14, 1815, married twice, 1st
children were John McLean born July 21, 1818, Catherine born July 10, 1820
married John Emerson had following: Joseph Robb, born April 11, 1824 married
not children. Barbara Poe daughter of George & Catherine (Zeigler) Poe
married J. J. Lambert born in Leitersburg Dist
Washington Co, MD March 3, 1812 died January 10, 1888 - son of George H &
Jane (Johnson) Lambert who was a farmer & Justice of Peace at time of his
death. Mary H. Frank S., Sam (dec'd), Barbara, George
P., Daniel W., Marshall A., Lawson H., Mark John, and Martha A.
Mary Poe born 1820 died May
30, 1890 daughter of George & Catherine Ziegler Poe married Peter K. Harter
born near Chewsville, Md,
June 26, 1826 died December 30, 1894 son of David & Koonty
Harter was a farmer. Peter & Mary Harters
children: George A. born November 7, 1853 was a teacher in early life graduated
at St. Johns College,
He was a teacher of Latin and Mathematics in his Alma Mater 1879-81. Prin. of
the Hagerstown High School 1881-1885. Prof. of Math.
& Modern Language in Delaware
College 1885-88. Math.
& Physics 1888-96. Since 1896 Pres. of Delaware College.
Dr. Harter married 1882 Ellen S. Graff daughter of Rev. James j. & Cattherine B (Simpson) Graff of Annapolis Md. Had one
James Poe born October 27,
1856 was teacher early in life. He was Ass't P. M. at
1891-95. Editor of Hagerstown Herald and Torch Light 1895-97, then became Sec.
of National Building & Loan. Married in 1888, Alice Heyser
of Chambersburg, Pa. Children: Mary, Amelia, James Poe, and
Alice. Mary marred 1889, Ed White born in Antrim twp Franklin Co, Pa born May
16, 1855 son of John & Mary (Beall) While.
Oliver Poe born Leitersburg dist. Washington Co, Md
November 18, 1827 son of George Po and Barbara Zeigler Poe. Was a farmer & dealter in Washinton Co, Md until 1892. moved to Washington
twp. Frnaklin Co, Pa. He married 1860, Susan McAlfee daughter of Archibald & Isabell
(Gower) McAlfee. Children: George A. Poe, Minnie married
Albert Martin son of Sam & Leta Ann (Snyder)
Martin. Ralph G. a minor in British Columbia, Charles Poe born May 3, 1868 is
veterinary surgeon at Leitersburg, Md he married Elizabeth Freed, children: Howard Poe, Mary
married George Kreps, Annie married Harry Wishart,
Edith, David Poe, Mark? Poe (question mark in what I have) of Leitersburg Dis't. Washington
April 22, 1840 son of George & Catherine Ziegler Poe. He was in U. S. Int.
Revenue Service as Storekeeper and gauger for the West Md. Dist. (don't understand this, there was no IRS
those years to begin with). 1873-87 married in 187 (date cut off my copy) Clara
Virginia Martin daughter of David Martin.
David Poe born in Leitersburg Dist Washington, Md. October 1842, son of
George & Catherine Zeigler Poe. went to Galesburg,
Illinois in 1864 and removed to Essex Iowa in 1875 where he
engaged in the coal & lumber business. He married Bessie Ferguson Souter in
1877 a native of Dundee, Scotland. They had James Ferguson,
David George & Robert Burns Poe.
(there is much more to be
DAR File at
DAR Headquarters Library in Washington,
records for Joan E (McIntosh) Vest
with heading: Poe Family Genealogy
May 15, 1974
1. George Jacob Poe
and his wife Elizabeth and son George came to America
from the River Rhine in 1742 and bought land in Frederick County, Maryland on
the Antietam River where he built flouring mills. Baltimore was the market
for his flour. He used some indentured servnts. On
pair, and Irishman and his wife, was among these. After a drunken spree, the
Irishman bet up his wife which angered Poe to a point where he, a powerful man,
then gave the Irishman a thorough whipping. Unforgiving, the Irishman later,
about 1757, ambushed and shot Poe.
Poe, a widower at that time,
and by the old English law of primogeniture which ruled the colonies, his
entire estate fell into the hands of his eldest son, George Poe; and Andrew and
Adam, penniless had to strike out for themselves, empty-handed. Andrew made his
way to Pittsburgh,
and after earning a little money, pushed into the wilderness. Adam, and a
sister Kate, later followed him.
Children: surname Poe:
George b. 1740 Germany;
remained in Maryland.
On of his descendants Edgar Allen Poe, born January 19th, 1809 was the famous
Andrew b. September 30, 1742; m. 1780; d. July 15, 1823;
Revolutionary War Veteran; buried at
Mill Creek Cemetery.
Adam b. 1747; m. 1778; d. 1840 at Massillon,
Fanny b. m. Matthias Shanor.
2-04 Adam Poe was
born in 1747 in Frederick County, Maryland, and died in 1840 at Massillon, Ohio.
He is buried in Sixteenth Reformed church cemetery, Route 93 south of U. S.
Route 30, near Dalton, west of Massillon, Ohio.
Shortly after 1774, he
followed his brother Andrew west to the forks of the Yough,
settling in what was then Westmoreland, but subsequently Washington County.
Here his brother apprenticed him to a German shoemaker. A soldier during the
American Revolution, Adam Poe enlisted in Washington, Penna
in the militia.
He later lived in Beaver County,
Penna. at the headwaters of King's Creek (Indian Creek), just west and
southwest of Poestown. He was a member of Mill Creek
Presbyterian Church near Hookstown.
Through the influence of his
great friend, Colonel David Williamson, he was commissioned Captain of the fort
at the mouth of Big Yellow Creek, Jefferson
County, Ohio. A large
and powerful man, he is famous in frontier history for his fight, together with
his brother Andrew, with the Wyandot Bog Foot and the two sons of the
Half-King. This encounter occurred at the mouth of Tomlinson's Run on September
18, 1781. In 1957 one of the Poe descendants placed a granite historical marker
designating the spot along Route 2 north of New Cumberland, W.
Va. which reads: "On this spot on September 18, 1781, Adam
and Andrew Poe, while freeing white captives, engaged in combat with a war
party of the Wyandott tribe and killed the sons of
the Wyandott chief."
In 1778 he married Elizabeth
Cochran, a widow whose husband had been killed by the Indians. She was born in
1759 and died in 1844 in Stark County,
Ohio. After the Indian troubles
were ended, Adam for a while earned his living on the river, and became a boat
captain, carrying cargoes as far as Lafayette on
the Wabash. He sold his property here and
moved to Ohio about 1820 and took up land in Wayne County
at Congress, then near the Stark
County line, among the
Pigeon Run Presbyterian Church congregation.
In 1831, while living in Medina County, Ohio,
he applied for a soldier's pension. It was allowed him as a private in the
Pennsylvania Line of Militia.
He died at Massillon, Ohio
during the presidential campaign of 1840, at some 93 years of age. He had been
invited to attend a mass meeting at which General William Harrison was the
chief speaker, and having drunk a large quantity of ice-water, became ill and
never recovered. The inscription on the bronze tablet which is set in a large
rough boulder marking his resting place reads: "Adam Poe, 1747 - 1840,
Soldier of Revolutionary War, Killed Big Foot Indian July 1781 at mouth of
Tomlinson's Run, Hancock County, W. VA."
other members of the Poe family are almost illegible as to dates, etc. due to
erosion by the weather.
Children: surname Poe:
Andrew b. November 11, 1780; d. August 12, 1851; m. 1803 to Nancy Hoy who d.
March 29, 1865 and who is buried in Sixteen Reformed Church cemetery.
Thomas b. March 8, 1783; m. Elizabeth Hephner; d.
March 13, 1859.
Sarah (Sally) b. 1791; d. March 1888 at Congress, Wayne
County, Ohio; m. Adam Kuffle.
David Williamson b. April 16, 1799; d. 1856; m. August 26, 1818, Mary Ann Mead
who d. 1865. He owned flouring mills at Brooklyn Center,
Cuyahoga County, Ohio. He and a companion travelled
(sic) to Nebraska,
hunting for mill seats, where they were caught in a desperate snow storm. Both
men suffered frozen legs, necessitating amputations and causing their deaths.
Thee bodies were returned to Brooklyn Center for
burial.** Their bodies were returned to brooklyn Center for burial.
3-13 Thomas Poe was
born in Washington County, Penna. March 8, 1783, and died in Georgetown, Penna. March
13, 1859. First he worked as a pack horse boy for John Beaver and Joseph Larwill when the eastern part of Ohio was laid out. He became an expert
woodsman and worked on Ohio River rafts and
keelboats. When boatyards were beginning to build small steamboat hulls at Steubenville, Ohio, he
rafted logs down river to Steubenville.
Later he ran his own keelboats. One keelboat was named Return when he bought
her in 1834; he renamed her the 76. His sons worked with him on the river from
the time they wee ten years of age.
Thomas Poe married Elizabeth
Hephner of German descent, who was born in 1785 and
died in Georgetown
on July 19, 1864.
In 1821 he moved to
Congress, Wayne County, Ohio. On February 18, 1829 he returned to Georgetown. His log cabin
was built on the corner of First and Market Streets. Later he built a home on
the bluff above the steamboat landing at Front and Market Streets. His cabin
was then occupied by son Jacob and his descendants, and is still standing
(1972) as part of a house owned and occupied by Lillian (Poe) Wagner, who died
in July 6, 1871, but is completely covered with clapboards outside and by plaster on the inside. In this cabin the
first preaching was held, leading to the formation of Georgetown Methodist
Episcopal Church which was organized in Thomas Poe's cabin by the Reverend
Wesley Smith about 1830. First church records not preserved. Records kept sine
Children: surname Poe:
m. Captain Washington Ebert, a river captain. One of their daughters, Mary Ann
Ebert (named after aunt),
married John Trimble. they had 8 children - one was
Howard Trimble b. October 25, 1878 at Georgetown
d. March 23,
1958 at Georgetown,
cemetery, who married (5-101) Mary A. (Mollie) Calhoun about 1901. They had 1
son Bertrim Trimble b. 1902 who married Esther Mackall. Bertrim Trimble died
July 1957 at Barstow, Cal. of blood clot in his leg caused by to much driving
while returning from vacation auto tour of the west. His wife Esther Mackall Trimble died in 1862. Of their 4 children, 2 sons
Robert and Richard Trimble still reside in Georgetown (1972).
fill in the details later, but from here I am just putting in the outline)
4-03 Andrew b. ___ d.
January 20, 1887 was river pilot
4-04 Jacob b. May 13, 1813
d. March 13, 1891; river captain
m. December 27, 1838 to Mary Ann Ebert b. September 21,
182(? cut off on my copy)
d. August 27, 1905
a. Adam H.
b. George W. E.
c. Albert G.
d. Charles Edgar
e. Theadore G.
4-05 Adam, Sr b. in Ohio
November 20, 1816; river pilot and captain d. 18(?? -- cut off my copy)
m. February 16, 1842 to Lucy T. Smith of Penna. had 9 cchildren, 3 sons and 6 daughters.
4-06 Thomas, Jr b. 1819 d. December 30, 1881
4-07 Sarah b. about 1920; m.
(1) about 1840 to George G. Calhoun
m. (2) about 1852 to
Timothy Kirby; d. about 1867.
(children to be entered later)
4-08 Martha m. Hiram Murray
who followed the river, but was never officer or owner of any steamer.
4-09 Elizabeth m. Standish Peppard.
4-10 George W. m (1) _____;
m. (2) Elizabeth Kennady; lived for many years in Pittsburgh, Penna.
* Note: this
is clearly misinformation. I have no idea why the applicant would have thought
this to be true. The middle name of "author" is spelled Allan, as
well, reflecting the last name of his foster father, John Allan of Scottish
descent. Evidently the family of Edgar Allan Poe and the Allan family of Scotland had ties which leads some researchers
to believe that the author's ancestry can be traced to Scotland
** sorry for
the unrelated aside, but having attended graduate school in Lincoln, NE
during a record cold winter, this gave quite a chill as I typed.
Orange County Virginia
is not clear how these Frederick
County, Virginia Poe families
were related to the Frederick County, Maryland Poe families, if they were
related at all. This Virginia
group is not mentioned in the long genealogy in the Kittochtinny Magazine article above. Another interesting piece of
information is that members of the Edgar Allan Poe family are connected to
Frederick County, MD (but in another area of the county).
Poe site mentioning the "Jacob Poe" in this line who also lived in
Frederick County, Maryland.
George Poe, Sr. (born: 1744, in Ireland
- died: Aug., 1823 in Frederick County, Maryland)
and Catherine Dawson Poe (born: 1742 - died: 1806. Married: around 1774.)
and Jane Poe
Jr. (born: 1778)
Harriet (born: 1785)
Stephen (died in infancy)
Jacob Poe (born: Oct. 10, 1775, in Baltimore, Maryland -
died: July 25, 1860 in Baltimore, Maryland)
and Bridget Kennedy (born: June 10, 1775 in Ireland
- died: Dec. 25, 1844 in Frederick County, Maryland.
Married: January 4, 1803.)
and Catherine Poe
George (born: 1807)
Neilson and Amelia (twins, born: 1809)
Mosher (born: 1812)
Harriet Clemm (born 1817)
children, who died in infancy
Orange County Virginia
22 August 1797
Jacob Poe of County of Frederick*. Daniel Kidd to Jacob Poe.
formed from Orange and Augusta
Counties, Virginia. Legislative enactment in 1738.
Organized in 1743. Augusta County gave only a small portion, at a later date
than Orange County. [Virginia Counties: Those
Resulting from Virginia Legislation, by Morgan Poitiaux
Robinson, originally published as Bulletin of the Virginia State Library,
Volume 9, January, April, July 1916, reprinted 1992 by Genealogical Publishing
Co., Inc., Baltimore, MD.]
30 August 1799
Jacob Poe and wife Jane of County Frederick
to Caleb Abel of County
of Orange ...
Kangas, M. N. and Payne, D. E. Frederick
County, VA Wills & Administrations 1795-1816. Genealogical Publishing
Co., Inc. 1983
30 June 1806
Haas, Frederick, SR.
Inventory & Appraisal; Sale Account. 30 June
Appraisers: Jacob Poe,
Principal buyers: Elizabeth
Haas, John Haas, Polly Haas (p. 227-230)
John Poe (son of Baltzer)
Jacob Poe (son of Baltzer)
Catharine Poe Brown (wife of Jesse Brown)
Barbara Poe Slote (wife of John Slote)
of Corp. of Winchester
will. 16 March 1800/1 July 1801
Children: John, Jacob,
Catharine Brown wife of Jesse Brown, Barbara Slote
wife of John Slote.
Children of Barbara and John Slote
All estate to be sold by
executors at public auction and divided into four equal parts, to be
distributed as follows: To son, John Poe; to son Jacob Poe; to daughter
Catharine Brown wife of Jesse Brown. Fourth part in trust by executors for
daughter Barbara Slote wife of John Slote, for her use, and any residue remaining at her death
to be divided among her children when aged 21. Also, to daughter Barbara, $1.
Exrs. Obed. Waite, James B. Galloway, William Brown
Frederick County, Virginia Marriages
(need to get a more specific
Kitty Poe m Jesse Brown 20
Jacob Poe m Jane Kidd 16 Dec
John Poe m. Catherine
Borders 26 Nov 1804.
following from the page on Kentucky
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